Information Commissioner

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Spokesperson in the Lords, Home Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What guidance they have issued to government departments on when the Information Commissioner's Office should be consulted on proposed legislation and policy development.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has issued general legal guidance on the application of the Data Protection Act for those processing data in the public sector.

The MoJ has not issued guidance to government departments on when the Information Commissioner's Office should be consulted on proposed legislation and policy development. However government departments regularly consult the Information Commissioner's Office on these matters. The MoJ is also normally involved in the development of policies which involve data protection issues and encourages the involvement of the Information Commissioner.

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